A traveling exhibit that honors fallen members of the U.S. armed forces was given a welcome Friday in Leavenworth before going on display in Kansas City, Kansas.

A traveling exhibit that honors fallen members of the U.S. armed forces was given a welcome Friday in Leavenworth before going on display in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Remembering Our Fallen traveling exhibit pays tribute members of the American military who have who have been killed in the War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001.

The traveling exhibit was brought to the Kansas City area by arrangement of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation. The organization is raising money to build its own memorial and museum in the Kansas City area.

The planned American Fallen Warrior Memorial and Museum will honor members of the military who have been killed during the war on terrorism dating back to the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings.

Representatives of the foundation organized the ceremony Friday in downtown Leavenworth.

"People in our community are committed to the military," said state Rep. Jeff Pittman, D-Leavenworth.

Pittman was a guest speaker during the ceremony.

Pittman said he believes the planned American Fallen Warrior Memorial and Museum is a "phenomenal idea."

He said it is time for a memorial for a new era of warfare in which terrorism is a constant reality.

Among the other speakers Friday was Nola Fritz, whose son, Jacob, was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

"Remember these soldiers as heroes, true heroes," she said.

Chris Croft, event coordinator for AFWMF, said the foundation is conducting a national campaign.

"We need support," he said.

Following the ceremony, the truck and trailer carrying the traveling exhibit was escorted from downtown Leavenworth by law enforcement officers, Patriot Guard riders and other motorcycle riders.

The free traveling exhibit will remain on display through 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cabela's store at Village West in Kansas City, Kansas.

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